Sound Check: Morgan Crouse

Morgan Crouse, 15, loves country music, which prompted her to learn guitar and dobro to become a performing musician. View a video of Crouse singing and playing the guitar at

Morgan Crouse is country.

She lives outside Loma and rides horses, she counts George Strait and Reba McEntire as important influences in her life, and the first song she learned as a child was the national anthem, which she recently performed before a rodeo at the National Western Stock Show.

Crouse, 15, is a sophomore at Fruita Monument High School and has loved country music — with a sprinkling of Alison Krauss’ bluegrass — all her life.

“I’ve been playing guitar for several years and singing for as long as I can remember,” Crouse said.

Crouse performs covers and a few original songs at her gigs, which, at least locally, have mostly have been at restaurants or bars.

“I’ve gotten real good at singing when people aren’t really listening,” Crouse said with a laugh.

Her next shows will be at 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31 and Saturday, Feb. 1, with Flat Top Reed at Central Station, 2993 North Ave.

Go to to view video of Crouse.

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